Minjoo Kim

" The scenes in my paintings always start from substituting specific women(or myself) in virtual narratives. These women are randomly placed in isolated, ironic or confusing situations which represent certain issues in the real world or personal crisis. "
Minjoo Kim is a London-based painter from South Korea. She graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2017. She had numerous selected exhibitions in London, and she got shortlisted for the HIX Award 2018. After moving to London in 2016, life in a new culture and society led to the discovery of various different perspectives, which expanded her focus to include a more general examination of issues surrounding women’s identity, particularly East Asian women.
 
Anxiety of uncertainty always dominates Minjoo Kim and keeps her motivated simultaneously, even when everything seems flawless in her life. It always appears in different amounts and forms based on her own life experiences and the society she belongs to. There were certain moments that made her realise that she has to accept that it’s maybe a very important part of who she is, not something that she can completely deny or avoid.
Her work is about accepting it as a part of her, and it is a method of observing those overwhelming moments by capturing them in certain narratives she created. It is also a process for her to comfort herself by visualising those emotional situations. The scenes in her paintings always start from substituting specific women(or herself ) in virtual narratives. These women are randomly placed in isolated, ironic, or confusing situations representing certain issues in the real world or personal crisis. And then, she observes the emotional result that is generated from the imaginary scene.